The League has grown from its inception as a South County Divisional 1st XI league through to a single open hierachical structure promoting its top team to the National League. Along the way separate pyramids were added for 1st, 2nd and 3rd (then Open) XIs and then merged to form the structure as it is today.
1972-1973 The League is formed with separate divisions for each of the South Counties, Kent, Hampshire, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex and combined divisions for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
1973-1974 Regional divisions added - Hampshire & Surrey, Kent & Sussex and Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire - with promotion from County to Regional.
1983-1984 Premier division added - formed of the top teams from the three Regional divisions, thus completing the pyramid.
1988-1989 National League formed - top six Premier teams join. 2nd XI League started - for 2nd XI teams of South Clubs whose 1st XI play in the National League or South 1st XI Premier.
1990-1991 3rd XI League started - for 3rd XI teams of Clubs whose 1st XI team plays in the National League or South 1st XI Premier. 2nd XI League extended to Regional and County divisions for 2nd XI teams of South Clubs whose 1st XI play in the National League or South Hockey League.
1992-1993 Promotion to National League reduced to the five Regions [East, Midlands, North, South and West] 1st XI Champions - parallel 1st XI Premier Divisions to accomodate transfer of 1st XI teams from London League.
1993-1994 3rd XI League extended to Regional divisions and 3rd XI teams of Clubs whose 2nd XI team plays in the South Hockey League.
1996-1997 3rd XI League becomes Open to 3rd XI and lower teams of Clubs whose 2nd XI team plays in the South Hockey League. Promotion to the Regional divisions is by agreement to the respective County Open Leagues.
2004-2005 Open League is formed by the merger of the 2nd XI and Open [3rd XI] League pyramids. Promotion to the County divisions from the respective County Open Leagues.
2009-2010 Open League structure is extended with the merger of the 1st XI and Open Leagues into a single pyramid. Promotion to the County divisions from the respective County Open Leagues.
League Division IDs
The following is a complete list of all League IDs, current (highlighted) and historical, and the seasons for which they are valid - read in conjuction with the Bookmarks & Links page to understand their combined use.
|01.||prem11||Premier Division 1 [1st XI]||1983-2017|
|Truman Day Playoff||1972-1983|
|02.||prem12||Premier Division 2||1999-2017|
|1st XI Premier Division B||1992-1993|
|03.||prem21||2nd XI Premier Division 1||1988-2004|
|04.||prem22||2nd XI Premier Division 2||1988-2004|
|05.||prem31||Open Premier Division 1||1996-2009|
|3rd XI Premier||1990-1996|
|06.||prem32||Open Premier Division 2||1996-2009|
|07.||hansur1r||Hampshire/Surrey Regional 1||1973-2017|
|08.||hansur2r||Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2||2009-2017|
|2nd XI Hampshire/Surrey Regional||1990-2004|
|hansur3r||Open Hampshire/Surrey Regional||2004-2009|
|33.||hansur3r||3rd XI Hampshire/Surrey Regional||1993-1995|
|09.||hants11||Hampshire Area Division 1||1972-2017|
|10.||hants12||Hampshire Area Division 2||1972-2017|
|11.||hants31||Open Hampshire Area Division 1||2004-2009|
|hants21||2nd XI Hampshire Area Division 1||1990-2004|
|12.||hants32||Open Hampshire Area Division 2||2004-2009|
|hants22||2nd XI Hampshire Area Division 2||1990-2004|
|13.||surrey11||Surrey Area Division 1||1972-2017|
|14.||surrey12||Surrey Area Division 2||1972-2017|
|15.||surrey31||Open Surrey Area Division 1||2004-2009|
|surrey21||2nd XI Surrey Area Division 1||1990-2004|
|28.||surrey22||2nd XI Surrey Area Division 2||1990-1997|
|33.||hants13||Hampshire Area Division 3||2009-2017|
|34.||hants14||Hampshire Area Division 4||2009-2017|
|35.||surrey13||Surrey Area Division 3||2009-2017|
|16.||kensus1r||Kent/Sussex Regional 1||1973-2017|
|17.||kensus2r||2nd XI Kent/Sussex Regional||1990-2004|
|18.||kensus2r||Kent/Sussex Regional 2||2009-2017|
|kensus3r||Open Kent/Sussex Regional||1996-2009|
|3rd XI Kent/Sussex Regional||1993-1996|
|19.||kensus11||1st XI Kent/Sussex Division 1||1999-2009|
|20.||kent11||Kent Area Division 1||2009-2017|
|1st XI Kent Area Division 1||1972-2004|
|30.||kent21||2nd XI Kent Area Division 1||1990-2001|
|31.||kensus31||Open Kent/Sussex Division 1||2004-2009|
|36.||kent12||Kent Area Division 2||2009-2017|
|1st XI Kent Area Division 2||1972-1999|
|37.||sussex11||Sussex Area Division 1||2009-2017|
|1st XI Sussex Area Division 1||1972-1999|
|40.||kent13||1st XI Kent Area Division 3||1972-1986|
|kent22||2nd XI Kent Area Division 2||1990-1998|
|41.||sussex21||2nd XI Sussex Area Division 1||1990-1995|
|42.||sussex12||Sussex Area Division 2||1972-1994|
|60.||kent14||1st XI Kent Area Division 4||1972-1975|
|21.||mbbo1r||Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional 1||1973-2017|
|22.||mbbo2r||2nd XI Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional||1990-2004|
|23.||mbbo2r||Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional 2||2009-2017|
|mbbo3r||Open Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional||1996-2009|
|3rd XI Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Regional||1993-1996|
|24.||mbbo11||Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 1||1985-2017|
|bbox11||Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 1||1972-1985|
|25.||mbbo12||Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 2||1985-2017|
|bbox12||Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 2||1972-1985|
|26.||mbbo31||Open Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 1||2004-2009|
|mbbo21||2nd Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 1||1990-2004|
|27.||mbbo32||Open Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 2||2004-2009|
|mbbo22||2nd Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 2||1990-2004|
|29.||mbbo13||Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 3||2009-2017|
|1st XI Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 3||1999-2001|
|bbox13||Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 3||1976-1982|
|32.||mbbo33||Open Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 3||2004-2009|
|38.||mbbo14||Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 4||2009-2017|
|mddx11||Middlesex Area Division 1||1972-1989|
|39.||mbbo15||Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon Division 5||2009-2017|
|mddx12||Middlesex Area Division 2||1972-1988|
|53.||mddx13||Middlesex Area Division 3||1980-1983|
|43.||hantso3||Hampshire Open League Division 3||2004-2007|
|44.||hantso4||Hampshire Open League Division 4||2004-2007|
|45.||hantso5||Hampshire Open League Division 5||2004-2007|
|46.||hantso6||Hampshire Open League Division 6||2004-2007|
|47.||hantso7||Hampshire Open League Division 7||2004-2007|
|48.||hantso8||Hampshire Open League Division 8||2004-2007|
|54.||mbboo6||MBBO Open League Division 6||2009-2017|
|mbboo4||MBBO Open League Division 4||2007-2009|
|55.||mbboo7||MBBO Open League Division 7||2009-2017|
|mbboo5||MBBO Open League Division 5||2007-2009|
|56.||mbboo8w||MBBO Open League Division 8 West||2015-2017|
|mbboo8||MBBO Open League Division 8||2009-2015|
|mbboo6||MBBO Open League Division 6||2007-2009|
|57.||mbboo8e||MBBO Open League Division 8 East||2015-2017|
|mbboo9||MBBO Open League Division 9||2009-2015|
|mbboo7||MBBO Open League Division 7||2007-2009|
|58.||mbboo9||MBBO Open League Division 9||2016-2017|
|mbboo10w||MBBO Open League Division 10 West||2009-2016|
|mbboo8w||MBBO Open League Division 8 West||2007-2009|
|59.||mbboo10e||MBBO Open League Division 10 East||2009-2016|
|mbboo8e||MBBO Open League Division 8 East||2007-2009|
The League No. is for backward compatibility only, the League ID should be used in all links going forward.